MANILA, Philippines – A barangay in Caloocan City is the remaining village in Metro Manila that is still on the list of dengue hotspots for the past four weeks.
Regional Director Eduardo Janairo of the Department of Health Center for Health Development-National Capital Region (DOH CHD-NCR), named the area as Barangay 176 in Caloocan City.
“We have coordinated with the local government concerned and made the necessary precautionary measures to further avert the transmission of dengue cases in the community,” said Dr. Janairo.
Dr. Janairo said they expect an increase in the number of dengue cases in the next few months due to the rainy season.
“That is why we are already intensifying our space spraying activities and making sure that health centers in the region are prepared to facilitate the assessment of suspected dengue cases and hospitals can provide immediate treatment for dengue patients,” Dr. Janairo said.
The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) has recorded a total of 9,060 dengue cases in the National Capital Region from the period of January to June 23, 2012. This is 5% higher compared to the same period last year with 8,654. Thirty-nine deaths have been reported.
The most number of dengue cases came from Quezon City (2,591), Manila City (1,505), Caloocan City (1,057), Parañaque City (573) and Pasig City (521).
CHD-NCR is also closely monitoring Barangay Karuhatan of Valenzuela City as it recorded a 233% increase in the number of dengue cases.
“Let us continue our clean-up activities within our surroundings and practice 4S: Search and destroy mosquito breeding sites, Self-protection by wearing long-sleeved shirts, Seek early consultation at the nearest health center in your community and Say YES to fogging only when there is an impending outbreak or hotspots in your community. Let us do our share in the elimination of dengue," Dr. Janairo said.